What's so fly about Fly Club

By Morgan King

Back Row(L-R): Connor Wood,
Tristan Tomlinson, Jared Lambert, Jerry Klekotka,
Ben Hackett, Kyle Dopke, Rick Youngberg.
Front Row(L-R): Alex Klekotka, Andy Heffernan,
Rod Carter. 
Northview’s own Fly Squad, a club whose main focus is fly fishing, has recently participated in a river clean up sponsored by Chaco and United by Blue. According to Rich Youngberg, the club supervisor, the members helped remove over 1,000 pounds of trash from the Rogue River. This is not their first clean up. Fly Squad has participated in multiple clean-ups over the course of the club’s history. The Rogue River tends to be a point of interest for their focus because they want to “help protect our home waters and help keep it clean,” Youngberg said. While at the event, the sponsors gave prizes for the most unique piece of trash collected. A former Northview student won the prize of a duffle bag and gift cards.

The boys also spend their time at regular club meetings, discussing tying ties and their upcoming Montana trip planned for this summer. Meetings also occasionally have experts come in to teach the members different skills.

Each year, Fly Squad goes on a fly fishing trip. This year they will be fishing in multiple rivers, including the Madison river in Montana. Junior Kameron Rasmussen, who joined this year, said joining the club “is one of the best decisions I have made in high school.” Rasmussen was introduced last year by a friend, a former Northview student, and decided to become a member this year. “My favorite part would be getting to hang out with the guys and learning new things,” Rasmussen said. Senior Connor Wood joined at the start of this club, four years ago. Wood’s favorite part about Fly Squad is “the brotherhood of fly fishing.” The closeness of this club important to them, as well as keeping their waters clean.

Photo courtesy of Connor Wood
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